Deciding what my dream occupation is and taking steps to get there (College Junior)
Even as a child, I knew I wanted to do something artistic when I grew up. In elementary school it was an artist or fashion designer, in middle school it was a manga artist, in high school it was a seamstress. Towards the end of high school, it was time for us to pick the career we wanted to pursue for the rest of our lives. I wanted to do something artistic, but I knew the market was very hard to get into and was highly competitive. It felt like I didn’t have the talent to last in that field. Mother also kept pestering me to do something practical; if I wanted to do art, do it in a growing field like computer design. So seeing as art was out, I had to turn to my next vest subject, math. What could I do with math? Teach? That was the only thing that came to mind, so I decided to go after something I was already familiar with.
Business. Not just any business, accounting, just like mommy and daddy (so cute, right?) I had never taken any accounting classes before in my life, let alone a business class, but I was convinced this was the way for me. I was gonna follow in the footsteps of my parents and get a good practical job that paid well, so I could sew on the side for fun and maybe make a little extra cash.
That plan only lasted for three years. As I went through my accounting classes I grew more and more miserable. I just couldn’t grasp the information of the higher level classes and continued to fail and have to retake the course. As miserable as I was, I had no idea what to do about this situation. I was also very stubborn and didn’t want to change my major; I wanted to stick with the path I had chosen through the end, no matter how miserable it made me.
Before switching majors I talked to my friend Steph a lot. She is also a creative mind and highly artistic but is presuming a career in MIS (management information systems). We had talked previously about setting up an online store to sell small products to help us earn some cash. In planning, I kept taking the idea further and further, expanding it longer and larger into the future. After switching majors I was able to take an intro class on entrepreneurship and my dream goal was set. My goal: own my own company that makes customized costumes and pixel art quilts, while also producing a steady stream of smaller products like pillows.
As I started stockpiling the products we were going to try and sell, I realized that I still had a long way to go in terms of my sewing skills. That’s when I decided after I graduation from York College of Pennsylvania with my degree in Business Administration, I am going to Albright College for their fashion/costuming program. This will help me advance the skills that I already have and let me apply them to my dream.
I want a career that makes me excited to get out of bed every morning and being stuck in an office with a desk job is not going to do it. I want to make gorgeous costumes and quilts with my hands while also inspiring my employees to do the same. That’s my dream and I’m gonna try as hard as I can to reach it.